Abed takes off the gloves in supervisor’s race

With just a couple of weeks until the June 7 primary and as absentee voters are starting to cast their ballots, Sam Abed, current mayor of Escondido, who is campaigning for Supervisor Dave Roberts’s job in the Third District, has come out swinging and with both gloves off (how’s that for a mixed metaphor?). His other opponent is Kristine Gaspar, […]

Why is housing so costly? Preaching the gospel of deregulation

Michael McSweeney was preaching the gospel of deregulation to members of the Escondido Chamber’s Economic Development Committee last week. He is the senior public policy advisor to the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego County and a former contractor. McSweeney told the committee that he moved to San Diego from Cleveland in 1984 and spent 20 years doing large-scale […]

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City council to consider sewage treatment plant near residential area

Escondido city council May 25 will consider overturning an April decision by the Planning Commission that denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the city to develop a facility to provide advanced treatment of recycled water that the city’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) produces for agricultural use. This Micro Filtration and Reverse Osmosis (MFRO) would take first stage […]

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Regulations worsen California’s housing crisis

~ Guest Opinion

California is the nation’s largest state, with a population estimated at just over 39 million. The availability of housing has not kept up with population growth. As is so often the case in California, government intervention has been counterproductive, resulting in an inadequate supply and skyrocketing housing costs, along with a lack of sustainable water and energy reliability. Programs that […]



Editor, Times-Advocate: Ron Kenney, your columns bring back great memories of the “old” T-A. I moved here in 1973 and remember being able to walk into the T-A building on Penn Ave and just go to whomever it was I wanted to talk to. Of course those were different times but the paper was a local treasure. Last week you […]

The behind the scenes wire editor

When I was asked to write this column, it as because of my association with the former Daily Times-Advocate from which this weekly publication drags its name, a name which had not been copyrighted. As a clarification, there is no connection whatsoever between this weekly Times-Advocate and the daily newspaper for which I worked for 27 years, an association that […]

Valley Center Days to host Western Cowdog Challenge on May 30

Neighboring Valley Center will be the location for a unique event during the Memorial Day weekend. Valley Center Days will host a South West Qualifying Trial for the Western Cattledog Challenge, under the auspices of the National Cattledog Association. Although it will be held at the rodeo grounds near Lilac Road & Valley Center Road, the sponsor is Valley Center […]

2nd Tuesday Book Club celebrates 10 year anniversary and discusses “Code Talker” by Chester Nez

Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on June 14, at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This event is part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31 and encourages community members of all ages to Exercise Your Mind. This […]